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This native annual plant is about 1' tall, branching occasionally at the base and along the stems. Sometimes the lower stems sprawl along the ground. These stems are round and covered with white hairs. They often become reddish brown as they mature. The opposite leaves are about 3" long and across. They are palmate, having 3-9 primary lobes. Their margins have coarse, but widely spaced teeth, or additional secondary lobes. The leaves often have a greyish green appearance because of a fine pubescence. Their petioles are usually long and hairy. The flowers occur on short pedicels in small clusters. They are about 1/3" across, and have 5 petals. Their color varies from dull white to light pink. The dull green sepals are lanceolate with elongated tips, and nearly as long as the petals. The blooming period occurs from early to late summer, and lasts about a month. There is no noticeable floral scent. The seeds develop within a long narrow beak about 1" long, hence the common name of this plant. Eventually this beak splits open and flings the seeds. The surface of the seeds is finely reticulated. The root system consists of a central taproot. Cultivation

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